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Last Minute Easter Decoration: Crocheted Egg

If you have not enough time to order any Easter decorations and shops are closed, grab your hook, couple of actual eggs and save the situation!

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You will need:

  • 3,5 mm crochet hook
  • stitch marker
  • velvet yarn
  • scissors
  • an egg

Abbreviations:

  • ch – chain
  • st – stitch
  • sc – single crochet
  • inc – 2 sc in one st (used to increase the number of stitches)
  • dec – 2 sc together (used to decrease the number of stitches)
  • X 6 – repeat 6 times
  • at the end of every round total number of stitches is shown

First prepare the egg:
Make two small holes in the egg and blow in one of them to get out the insights of egg (hold the egg over a plate while doing that). Put the egg in an egg holder for an hour so the leftover eggwhite can drop out.

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The pattern:
Round 1: 6 sc in magic ring (6 )
Round 2: inc X 6 (12)
Round 3: (sc in next st, inc) X 6 (18)
Round 4: sc in all st (18)
Round 5: (sc in next 2 st, inc) X 6 (24)
Round 6: sc in all st (24)
Round 7: (sc in next 3 st, inc) X 6 (30)
Rounds 8-10: sc in all st (30)
Round 11: (sc in next 3 st, dec) X 6 (24)
Round 12: sc in all st (24)
Place the egg in the crochetness, we will crochet around the egg from now on.

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Round 13: (sc in next 2 st, dec) X 6 (18)
Round 14: sc in all st (18)
Round 15: (sc in next st, dec) X 6 (12)
Round 16: (3 sc together) X 4 (4)
Fasten off, cut the yarn and pull the end in the egg. That’s it!

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Enjoy the Easter days!

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Did you like to crochet with this tutorial?
Have a look at my other patterns, maybe you will find something you like there! And don’t forget to check out my Instagram @nicecrocheting!

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Sea Shell Phone Case Crochet Pattern

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My four favourite crochet ribbings

About 20 years ago when I learned crochet in school, we were told that ribbing can be only knitted and not crocheted. Luckily things are different now and there are plenty of methods to crochet ribbing. Here I am writing about my four ribbings.

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1. Single crochet ribbing

This is the easiest and the most popular method. This kind of ribbing will look good on smaller hats, baby clothes and everything, where you are going to make a narrow ribbling stripe.

How to:
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Round 1: single crochet in all stitches
Every further round: single crochet in a back loop of a stitch of the previous round.

Examples:

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2. Double crochet ribbing

This is a broader ribbling that will save you a lot of time. Would be perfect for bigger things: scarfs, oversized mittens and beanie bodies.

How to:
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Round 1: double crochet in all stitches
Every further round: double crochet in a back loop of a stitch of the previous round.

Examples:

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3. Half  double crochet ribbing

This is very elegant, knitted-looking ribbling. Looks especially good on gloves, or in a combination with sophisticated stitches and designs.

How to:
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Round 1: Half  double crochet in all stitches
Every further round: Half  double crochet in a loop below next stitch of the previous round.

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Examples:

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4.Front-back post double crochet ribbing

This ribbling can be stretched much better that all other types and it looks very cozy. The method is used a lot in cardigans, socks and ear warmers.

How to:
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Round 1: Double crochet in all stitches

Every further round: front post double crochet (basically, a regular double crochet which goes through and around the double crochet of the previous round) in the next stitch, back post double crochet (the same idea as the front one, but the hook goes around the double crochet from the back side) in the next stitch. Keep going until the end of the round and take care that a back post double crochet goes on the front post double crochet of the round before (and the other way around).

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Examples:

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Did you like the article?
Have a look at my other patterns, maybe you will find something you like there! And don’t forget to check out my Instagram @nicecrocheting!

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Sea Shell Smartphone Case Crochet Pattern

If we cannot go to vocations, we can bring vocations home! Have a look at my sea shell smartphone case inspired by my memories of waves and shells that are laying around on sand every morning… Oh, I miss being on a coast so much! Well, back to the case: I have also made a small hole for the phone on button and a small “window” for checking the time (that was a request of my dear husband who hates arm watches 🙂

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Materials:

  • 3.5 mm crochet hook
  • recommended for the hook yarn of beige, blue, brown colours
  • scissors

Abbreviations:

  • ch – chain
  • st – stitch
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sc – single crochet
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • shell – shell st (5 dc in one st)
  • dc – double crochet
  • (…) X 10 – repeat “…” 10 times

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Pattern:

Note:

  1. The case was made for a smartphone that measures 150 mm x 76 mm x 8.6 mm.
  2. We crochet around, from the bottom to the top, every Round we join with sl st and every Round (except for the Round 1) starts with 1 ch which are not counted as a st!
  3. We make a small hole for a button to be able to switch on the phone in the case and a bigger window for seeing the watch

Blue yarn: 17 ch
Round 1: 3 sc in the second from the hook st, sc in next 12 st, 3 sc in the next st, sc in next 12 st (28)
Round 2: dc in all st (30)
Round 3, beige yarn: (sc, skip 2 st, shell in next st, skip 2 st) X 5 (30)
Round 4, brown yarn: sc in all st (30)
Round 5, blue yarn: 2 ch, 2 dc in the same st, (shell in the st between two next shells of the previous round, sc in the central dc of the next shell of the previous round) X 4, 3 dc in the first st of the round, join with sl st (30)

Round 6, brown yarn: sc in all st, Note: in the sc of  the previous round insert the hook in the st of the round before. This way the bround yarn will cover the sapce between the shells (30)

Round 7, beige yarn: sc in the same st (shell in the st between two next shells of the previous round, sc in the central dc of the next shell of the previous round) X 5, join the round with sl st (30)

Round 8, brown yarn: sc in all st, Note: in the sc of  the previous round insert the hook in the st of the round before. This way the bround yarn will cover the sapce between the shells (30)

Rounds 9-16: repeat Rounds 5-8 after each other (30)

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Note: if you do not need spaces for the on button and for the watch, keep crocheting until the wished size is reached. Otherwise follow further instructions:

Round 17, blue yarn: 2 ch, 2 dc in the same st, (shell in the st between two next shells of the previous round, sc in the central dc of the next shell of the previous round) X 4, 3 dc in the last st, change to brown yarn, 1 ch, turn (30) – here will be a space for the phone on button.

Round 18: crochet in the other direction: repeat the Round 6, do not join the Round. Change to beige yarn, 2 ch, turn (30)

Round 19, (shell in the st between two next shells of the previous round, sc in the central dc of the next shell of the previous round) X 5, join the round with sl st (30)

Round 20: repeat Round 6 (30)

Fasten off.

Round 21, blue: Insert the hook in 11th st of the round (space between 2nd and 3rd shells) and crochet 4 more shells and following sc’s, change to brown yarn, 1 ch, turn (20)

Now we continue crocheting only on this part of the case

Round 22, brown: sc in all st, Note: in the sc of  the previous round insert the hook in the st of the round before. This way the brown yarn will cover the sapce between the shells, change to the next colour, 2 ch, turn (20)

Round 23, beige: ch sc in the same st, (shell in the st between two next shells of the previous round, sc in the central dc of the next shell of the previous round) X 3, 3 dc in the last st of the round, change to brown yarn, 1 ch, turn (20)

Round 24: sc in all st, Note: in the sc of  the previous round insert the hook in the st of the round before. This way the brown yarn will cover the sapce between the shells, change to the next colour, 10 ch, sl st to the first st of this round (30)

Round 25, beige yarn: repeat Round 5 (30)

Fasten off, cut the yarn and weave in all ends.

 

Crochet around the inside part of the window with the blue yarn using hdc. Fasten off, cut the yarn and weave in all ends.

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Did you like to crochet with this tutorial?
Have a look at my other patterns, maybe you will find something you like there! And don’t forget to check out my Instagram @nicecrocheting!

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Zero Waste Crochet: 10 Ideas How to Crochet Environmentally Friendly

I am very excited to finally share this post with you! The idea to write about Zero Waste Crochet came to me about 3 years ago after I have watched a documentary movie about huge damage we make to our planet by producing tonnes of waste. Then I thought that the post was not good enough and I kept postponing finishing it. But I can’t hold it anymore so here it is 🙂

So here are my tips and ideas how to be an environmentally friendly crocheter!

  • 1. Recycling & crochet: use trash as a noise makers

Some of the things which we usually throw to the trash bin might be very useful for our crochet projects! For example, candy packaging or a chocolate surprise egg (well, its plactis part) can be used as noise makers for rattle toys or crochet baby books. Here is a post about unusual amigurumi stuffings!

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  • 2. Recycling & crochet: stuffing for bigger projects

For bigger crochet projects which have to be heavy and full of stuffing you can use old (and clean 🙂 ) clothing, for example socks, leggings, t-shirts.

I have stuffed my window draught stopper with old clothes!

And I don’t even remember what I have put in the monster door stopper, but it is very heavy!

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  • 3. Recycling & crochet: T-Shirt Yarn

Speaking of the t-shirts! The best way to recycle old t-shirts is to make stylish modern yarn out of it! Here you can find a good tutorial how to do that.

  • 4. Recycling & crochet: don’t throw away old crochetness!

Sometimes old funny things I have crocheted lay around in my closet for years and when I finally what to get rid of it, my first thought is to throw it away. Instead, you can use the yarn for another project!

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Or the same idea but hte other way around: if you need yarn of certain colour for your next project: don’t run to buy it right away but have a look if you have an old scarf or a hat of this colour. Maybe it is time to give the yarn a second life 🙂 Using the yarn of my old hat and scarf, I have crocheted a baby yoda hat for my son:

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  • 5. Recycling & crochet: combine old clothes with crochet

There are so many great ideas how to refresh your old clothes by adding crochet elements to it! I am sure if you have a look at couple of ideas, you will be very inspired!

This post has inspired me to keep my old jeans jacket and turn it into something cool:

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  • 6. No plastic & crochet: wooden crochet hooks

There are so many amazing handmade wooden crochet hooks out there! We use crochet hooks every day and for a long time so it is nice to use natural materials instead of supporting cheap plastic hooks production.

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  • 7. No plastic & crochet: amigurumi eyes

Instead of going to a store and buying plastic safety eyes for amigurumi, consider crocheting them! You will be surprised how nice they can turn out! And you are much more flexible with the style and shape, even better! Here is a tutorial how to crochet amigurumi eyes.

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  • 8. No plastic & crochet: left over yarn as a stitch marker

Stitch marker is also one of the typical plastic crochet supplies. If you want to use zero plastic and if you don’t want to support plastic manufacture, consider using just a left over yarn end. It is much easier to use than the plastic one which you have to unlock/lock every round.

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  • 9. Smart Crochet: do not throw away yarn left overs!

If the left over yarn balls are so small that it is not enough for anything useful, do not think of throwing it away (even if you need space in the yarn shelf)! You can use the yarn for small things like amigurumi accessories or Barbie clothing. Or think of combining all the left overs in a colourful project. You can get some inspiration here:

Also very short yarn ends you should not throw away. Instead, you can stuff with it small details of your amigurumi: arms, legs, ears. Or use it as a stitch marker (I mentioned it above). If you do not know where to store it, you can crochet a stylish storage box, there it will look like decoration for your room!

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  • 10. Smart Crochet: Change colours smartly

If you go for colourful prjects, research how to change the colours smartly. It is crazy how much yarn you can save by taking care of it! Here is a very good post whith some changing colours techniques.

So these are my ideas how to respect our planet while crocheting 🙂 Maybe you have some more tips? I am looking forward to hearing them! Contact me here or on Instargam @nicecrocheting or just mark your post with the hashtag #crochetforfuture.

Crochet for Future

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Crochet For Future

You all know about the Fridays for future, right? I find the idea really cool: a community gets together regularly and addresses a global problem, brings attention of the society to this problem.

This makes one feel like one can really change or influence something. So I realize, there is so much I want to say and I want to share it with you as much as I want to hear your voices!

I want to introduce a hashtag #crochetforfuture in instagram and every Friday I am going to write a post/stories/anything related to global topics and how we can make the world a better place as crafters and crocheters.

Just write about any problems and how crochet can help or about any act of kindness related to crochet. Or about smaller things like … lets say, you saw a cool funny crocheted hat in a bus and it made you smile. Please dont forget to mention #crochetforfuture so we can build a sub community and discuss how we can save the world together!

You can find me on instagram: @nicecrocheting

Thanks a lot!